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$17.99  $16.73
Candlewick Press (MA)
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5.7 X 8.4 X 1.3 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Kenneth M. Cadow is an educator and writer. Gather is his first young adult novel. About this book, he says, "In my teaching career, I have encountered dozens upon dozens of stories like Ian's: kids whose spirits are threatened to be crushed by societal disregard. The kids who are able to pull through by the ingenuity of their skill set and the strength of their character, as well as the care of their larger communities, are some of the strongest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting." Kenneth Cadow is the father of three remarkable adults and lives with his wife and their dog, Quinnie, in Pompanoosuc, Vermont.


Cadow's debut novel portrays a challenging coming-of-age in rural Vermont with warmth, humor, and insight. Ian observes the turmoil that surrounds him with bewilderment and deadpan humor. . . . Cadow captures Ian's engaging naïveté, which is tempered by a survivor's unflappability and a blossoming sense of irony. . . . A heartfelt novel about the challenges of youth and the value of community.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Cadow's first novel is, in a word, superb. The wonderfully empathic characters are fully realized, their reality enhanced by numerous flashbacks that provide context and dimensionality. The Vermont setting is deeply evocative, as is Ian's memorable voice, through which the captivating story is told. Arguably one of the finest novels of the year.
--Booklist (starred review)

Full of sensory images and descriptive notes. . . a great ride. . . . The ground constantly shifts in this extraordinary keyhole view of addiction and its ongoing aftermath; Cadow takes his time, but delivers a realistic and compelling novel.
--School Library Journal

Ian's genuine first-person narration--enriched by his penchant for pithy metaphors and similes--unveils a protagonist whose innate sense of justice and tentatively hopeful perspective buoy Cadow's sober debut.
--Publishers Weekly

Gather is a stunning debut by Kenneth M. Cadow. . . . Anyone who has endured what it's like to witness someone they love recover from addiction, struggled to afford necessities, or relied on public programs like school lunches will find themselves nodding in agreement as they absorb the words from each page. . . Cadow masterfully describes difficult experiences through melodic language I'll be thinking about for a very long time. Having grown up in a low-income household, I couldn't help but think of how much I would've appreciated this novel when I was in high school. I'm still grateful I have it now.

This wandering but moving story of Ian's path to adulthood is full of humor and heart.
--The Star Tribune

This book, Gather, feels like one that will stay with me forever. . . seeing this depiction of extreme poverty, this depiction of parental neglect and an utter lack of resources is important. It's a story familiar to far too many kids. And it's a story that we adults, especially in education, need to remember. . . This well-written, moving story is one that will stick with me for a long time.
--Teen Librarian Toolbox, an SLJ Blog

There's a well-known belief in the world of education that books can act as mirrors that reflect a reader's own life and as windows that allow a peek into the lives of others. Gather is well positioned to be both.
--Seven Days

I loved Gather. The voice is fantastic. It is a wonderful novel by a wonderful writer.
--Kevin Brooks, author of The Bunker Diary and Born Scared